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Jodie N. Mader

diamond magnate, financier, imperialist, and philanthropist in southern Africa, was born in Hamburg, Germany, the eldest of six children. His father was an affluent merchant. Beit performed poorly in school, and in his teens he was sent to be an apprentice at the office of Jules Porges and Company in Amsterdam. In 1875, Beit went to Kimberley, South Africa, as a representative of the firm. While in Africa he went into property speculation and joined up with a young German named Julius Wernher. These two men formed the Wernher, Beit, and Company firm, which was known for its deep-level mining and use of cyanide processing for treating gold ore. His most famous friendship was with Cecil Rhodes, an English financier. They formed the De Beers Mining Company. Much of Rhodes’s success depended on the financial advice he received from Beit.

Together Rhodes and Beit worked to drive out other ...

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Jeremy Rich

businessman, was born in the southern province of Katanga, which was then part of the Belgian Congo, and is now in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He belonged to the Lunda ethnic community, whose rulers controlled the southern regions of Katanga and made claim to border regions of present day Zambia and Angola. Despite his fame as a business leader and the notoriety of his son Moïse Tshombe Kapenda, very little is available about his early years. What is clear is that his attitude about the growing Belgian political and economic presence in Lunda territory was quite different from some late nineteenth-century Lunda political authorities. Rather than seeing the Belgian conquest as a defeat, Kapenda recognized the potential of colonial rule as a source of new commercial networks and clients. He first entered business on his own in 1914 and began trading in his hometown of Sandoa located ...

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Jeremy Rich

politician and businessman, was born on 5 October 1963 in the town of Pweto in the southern province of Katanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC The full details of his family background are not known but they belonged to the Bemba ethnic minority community Katumba Mwanke went to the primary school in Pweto and then continued his education at the Imara secondary school in the Katangese provincial capital of Lubumbashi After graduation from Imara Katumba Mwanke attended the University of Kinshasa in the nation s capital where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering in the 1980s Katumba Mwanke s facility for mathematics ultimately led him away from the academic world and into finance Like many other Congolese Katumba Mwanke immigrated to South Africa to further his career The Equator HSBC bank hired him there At the bank Katumba Mwanke s formidable negotiation skills and ...

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Inge Mariëtte Ruigrok

Angolan businesswoman, was born on 18 July 1973 in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is the eldest daughter of José Eduardo dos Santos, president of Angola (1979– ) and his first wife, the Russian-born Tatiana Kukanova. José Eduardo dos Santos had moved to the former Soviet Union in the 1970s to obtain an engineering degree from the Azerbaijan Oil and Chemistry Institute in Baku, Azerbaijan. He later divorced Kukanova and married Ana Paula dos Santos, with whom he had two children, José Filomeno and Tchizé, who are thus half siblings of Isabel dos Santos.

Although she spent most of her childhood in Angola, Isabel dos Santos lived in London for many years with her mother, where she studied management and electrical engineering. After having worked as a consultant for the Angolan oil firm Sonangol after she completed her studies, she relocated to Angola in 1996 In a period of less than ...